- causing no harm, trouble, or annoyance: a mild, inoffensive man.
- not objectionable, as to the senses: an inoffensive odor.
Origin of inoffensive
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1. harmless, innocuous, unoffending.
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Examples from the Web for inoffensive
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Adjoining the latter was a colony of quiet and inoffensive Beavers.
There was a Mr. Worth Buckley trotting in her wake, but he was mild and inoffensive.Galusha the Magnificent
Joseph C. Lincoln
He appeared a pleasing, inoffensive, well-bred young fellow.One Of Them
Charles James Lever
They had not found me so meek and inoffensive as they might have thought!
Mr. Chase was an inoffensive man, but Mrs. Chase had a violent temper.The Cash Boy
Horatio Alger Jr.
- not giving offence; unobjectionable
- not unpleasant, poisonous, or harmful
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Word Origin and History for inoffensive
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